European leaders agree that workers don't understand their roles.
Country Understanding (% of workforce)
Very well Fairly well Not very well
UK* 16 63 19
Germany 6 53 41
Spain 20 74 6
Italy 25 51 24
Netherlands 32 56 12
Belgium 31 46 23
Portugal 30 57 13
France 23 56 21
Average 31 57 22
Source: Towers Perrin's European Business Issues survey *2% of figures
were 'don't knows'.
If the findings of a new survey are to be believed, German business leaders think that 41% of their employees don't understand their jobs properly.
Whether this merely demonstrates scrupulously high standards, or something more sinister, is not apparent.
In fact, bosses across all 600 European businesses polled by UK management consultancy Towers Perrin seem to be peevish - an average of 22% of the workforce in the eight countries covered by the survey were reckoned to understand their own roles either 'not very well' or 'not at all'. Can there really be that many dead trees in the forest?
On a more positive note, it appears that under-performers will probably be offered training rather than simply being shown the door. Improving communications and developing skills are recognised as important issues by 81% of respondents, and only 31% see reducing the size of their workforce as a priority.